Retail Council of Canada announces 2014 Retail as a Career Scholarship Recipients

$5,000 Top Prize to be awarded at STORE 2014 - Canada's Retail Conference

TORONTO, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Twenty-five post-secondary students from across the country will each receive $1,000 as part of Retail Council of Canada's Retail as a Career Scholarship program.  The scholarships are awarded to students working in retail who are entering or currently enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.  The top applicant will also receive a $5,000 award sponsored by Interac Association. And for the first time, an additional $3000 scholarship will be awarded by Retail Council of Canada to a Retail as a Career Scholarship applicant in honour of all those who have been inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.

"It is encouraging to see so many students pursuing careers in retail and showing such passion for our vibrant industry," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.  "The submissions we received from students this year showed an excellent knowledge of the current trends around brand loyalty and consumer engagement."

Now in its eleventh year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarships and award benefits to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the future of retail. Applicants are judged by retail industry experts in three categories: academic performance, reference letters and a personal essay highlighting their experiences and educational pursuits in the retail industry. "This scholarship program helps students across the country realize their career goals and pursue exciting opportunities in retail," adds Brisebois. "RCC is very proud to work with industry sponsors to support the next generation of retail leaders."

In addition to the scholarships, recipients will receive an all-access pass, including travel and accommodation, to attend STORE 2014 where they will have the opportunity to meet with some of Canada's most prominent retail industry professionals.   Recipients will receive their awards at the prestigious Excellence in Retailing Awards Dinner, an event honouring the most respected leaders and innovative companies in retail. For more information on STORE 2014 visit: www.storeconference.ca.

The 2014 Retail as a Career Scholarship winners are:

Scholarship Recipient School Program Employer
Adam Walek University of Toronto Bachelor of Commerce Shoppers Drug Mart
Emma Sirry George Brown College Fashion Business Industry Shop NYLA
Kathy  MacDonald Wilfred Laurier University Master of Business Administration Home Hardware Stores Limited
Philippe Verreault Université du Québec A Chimoutimi Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées en gestion de projet Home Hardware Stores Limited
Ekaterina Kryvdyk University of Alberta: Bachelor of Commerce YMCA
Shelby MacLennan St Francis Xavier University Bachelor of Business Administration Sobeys Inc.
Félix Cusson Université du Québec à Montréal Baccalauréat en administration, concentration marketing. Bureau En Gros
Amy Morgan Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Business Management Shoppers Drug Mart
Andrew Conway Mount Royal University Bachelor of Business Administration Sport Chek
Petra Woods York University Bachelor of Administrative Studies - Accounting Foodland
Brett Hahan Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology Business - Marketing Pro Hockey Life
Cara Gresser Wilfred Laurier University Master of Business Administration Holt Renfrew & Company Ltd.
Elizabeth Alexandra Burke Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology Fashion Business Management Hoi Bo Inc
Jennifer Fraser Royal Roads University Bachelor of Business Administration -Sustainability and International
Business
Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd.
Harleen Virk British Columbia Institute of Technology Marketing Management - Communications Town Shoes Limited
Jennifer Ngo British Columbia Institute of Technology Business Operations Management Le Groupe Aldo Inc.
Pauline Cripps Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Business Administration - Marketing Staples Canada Inc.
Kaitlyn Taschuk University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce Lululemon Athletica Inc
Katernia Yannakidis Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management Lisa Cosmetics / Fragrances Inc.
Simone Tissenbaum Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management Adidas
Winnie Cho University of Toronto Bachelor of Business Administration - Management-Economics Specialist Aéropostale, Inc. 
Julie Anderson University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management - Human Resources Atmosphere
Genevieve Ketchum Mount Royal University Bachelor of Business Administration Meez
Rudolph Urich San Juan III British Columbia Institute of Technology Marketing Management Program (Marketing Communications Option) The Men's Club Fashions
Matthew Bara MacEwan University Bachelor of Commerce - Management The Home Depot Canada

Retail Council of Canada would like to thank you the following retail sponsors for their generous support of the Retail as a Career Scholarship program:
Best Buy Canada Ltd.,  Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Comark Inc., Costco Wholesale Canada Limited, Future Shop, Golf Town, GS1 Canada, Home Hardware Stores Ltd., IKEA Canada Limited Partnership, Indigo Books & Music Inc., JRoss Retail Recruiters, Lowe's Canada, MySTORE, PetSmart Canada, Inc., Pier 1 Imports, Inc., Red Apple Stores Inc., Sears Canada Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart, Staples Canada, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Canada, Target Canada, The Home Depot Canada, TJX Canada, Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd., Walmart Canada

About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada is the Voice of Retail in Canada. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent stores, and online merchants. We speak for an industry that touches the daily lives of Canadians in every corner of the country — by providing jobs, career opportunities, and by investing in communities.

Media are invited to attend STORE 2014.

SOURCE: Retail Council of Canada

For further information:

Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
416 467-3759


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